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Open UFCW Western States Council Position – Legislative and Workforce Development Aide

UFCW Western States Council – Legislative and Workforce Development Aide


The UFCW Western States Council is the coordinating body of 11 UFCW locals in three states (AZ, CA, NV). UFCW represents over 185,000 private sector workers in the following industries: retail food, retail drug, non-food retail, pharmacy, agriculture and cannabis. The States Council seeks a highly skilled and energetic person to fill the “in-house” legislative affairs and workforce development liaison position.

  • Under the direction of the Executive Director and Legislative Director, the Legislative Affairs Department is responsible for the following: Advocating for UFCW priorities before the state legislature and all regulatory agencies within California as those priorities are set forth by executive board and Executive Director
  • Legislatively represents and protects UFCW’s interests in Sacramento
  • Maintaining and nurturing relationships with state government and associated authorities and all committees
  • In coordination with the Executive Director and Legislative Director, assisting with the establishment of legislative strategy, policies and plans that align with government laws and furthers UFCW’s interests
  • Monitoring legislative and regulatory activities that impact UFCW’s core industries and priorities
  • Maintaining and further developing relationships with other labor union legislative advocates to support broader labor union legislative goals
  • Advising the Executive Director on matters related to California politics and helping to devise and implement political strategies
  • Working with consultants, including media consultants, on identifying and implementing effective media, political, and legislative strategies to implement and reinforce UFCW’s priorities

Under the direction of the Executive Director and Workforce Advisor, the Workforce Education Department is responsible for the following:

  • Partnering with locals to identify priority occupation training priorities
  • Identifying strategies and securing funding support for UFCW workforce training initiatives
  • Managing public and private grant acquisition and execution
  • Monitoring workforce development governmental policies and advocating UFCW’s interests
  • Supporting the Legislative Affairs department on workforce related legislation, regulations, and other policy vehicles
  • Providing case management and supportive services to training participants
  • Tracking training participant data and reporting to required entities


The Legislative and Workforce Development Aide shall be expected to initiate, implement, and manage programs, and provide the leadership needed to fulfill the mission of the Legislative Affairs and Workforce Development Department under the direction of the Executive Director. It is expected that the Legislative and Workforce Development Aide will perform these tasks at the highest level of quality, effectiveness, and efficiency.

Additional duties not included above for the Legislative Aide are:

  • Attend weekly California Labor Federation lobbyist meetings
  • Create a tracking system for all UFCW priority legislation and labor supported bills
  • Serve as a liaison with other AFL-CIO and non-AFL-CIO union legislative affairs departments
  • Attend sessions of the Executive Council and develop a standing report on UFCW priorities
  • Provide strategic advice to the Council, when asked, on issues related to political and organizational goals
  • Plan and execute annual UFCW Advocacy Day
  • Plan and execute special projects upon direction of the Executive Director and Legislative Director
  • Coordinate with the political director and communications department to develop and implement strategy related to legislative work

Additional duties not included above for the Workforce Development Aide are:

  • Budget and expenditure forecasting and tracking
  • Training Participant data collection and reporting
  • Training Participant case management
  • Program/project research
  • Administrative functions


Applicants for this position must have one or more of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a field related to public policy. A masters or law degree are a plus
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in government relations or lobbying
  • Experience working for, or with labor unions
  • Show increasing level of responsibility throughout career
  • Must have excellent analytical, writing and verbal communications skills
  • Have expertise in understanding the legislative and regulatory process
  • Understand how to apply the use of electronic media techniques and remain current on new forms of technology to support lobbying work
  • Have the ability to work cooperatively with employees, other department directors and supervisors, and consultants
  • Experience with, or interest in, public and private grant management operations and federal and state workforce development policies, programs, and funding
  • Mastery of conventional office software products

This is a high-intensity position that requires the ability to work hard, travel frequently, handle many issues at one time, successfully deal with all kinds of personalities, and work well in a team setting. It is required that the applicant live in the Sacramento area or be willing to move upon hiring.


Competitive package of quality health, insurance and pension benefits will be offered to the successful candidate as well as a competitive annual salary. Starting salary is $60,000 but can be higher depending on prior experience.


Please email a detailed résumé, cover letter, and recent work product samples (links acceptable)to: Dana Palmer, Executive Assistant, [email protected].


For confidential inquiries about this position please feel free to contact us by phone at (714) 670-5580 ext. 120